FC Augsburg will be in danger of being dragged deep into the relegation battle if they fail to win against SC Freiburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET/14:30 GMT).

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The game was up for Augsburg by half-time on Matchday 24 as they conceded three goals inside 34 minutes at Schalke. A third defeat in five matches has left Manuel Baum and his team looking over their shoulders as they are now just two points ahead of Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen and Hamburg – with the latter side sitting in the relegation play-off spot due to their inferior goal difference. A win over eighth-placed Freiburg, though, would have them just three points behind the visitors.

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Augsburg were Christian Streich’s first opponents as Freiburg coach and a repeat of the 1-0 win he got on January 21 2012 would suit him this weekend – or indeed a repeat of the 2-1 victory from earlier this season. Freiburg were at home on both occasions, however, and their recent away record against Augsburg leaves a lot to be desired. A 1-1 draw with high-flying Hoffenheim on Matchday 24 was preceded by a 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt though, so the newly-promoted club should travel to Bavaria with plenty of confidence.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich renews acquaintances with Augsburg - the first opponents of his coaching career. © imago

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Match Stats

  • Augsburg have taken more points on the road this season (15, fifth in the away form table) than at home (13, 16th in the home form table).
  • The home team have not won any of their last nine matches against promoted sides (three draws, six defeats).
  • Manuel Baum’s charges conceded only four goals from set pieces in the first half of the season. In the Rückrunde, they have already let in six.
  • Freiburg have yet to win a top-flight away match against Augsburg (two draws, two defeats).
  • Christian Streich’s side have amassed 34 points so far this season. That is as many as they managed in the entire 2014/2015 campaign when they were relegated from the top flight.
  • The last time both promoted sides finished in the top half of the table was in the 1972/1973 season (Wuppertal and Offenbach).

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